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A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic
April 20, 2012 – September 2, 2013

Learn about the achievements of women in the late 18th century and see portraits of eight prominent American women of the period.

Portrait Gallery
Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads Ai Weiwei: Circle of Animals/Zodiac Heads
April 19, 2012 – March 17, 2013

See Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's monumental outdoor installation showcasing the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac.

Hirshhorn Museum
Art of Darkness: Japanese Mezzotints from the Hitch Collection Art of Darkness: Japanese Mezzotints from the Hitch Collection
April 7, 2012 – July 8, 2012

Some 20 prints and copperplates by Hamaguchi Yozo (1909–2000) and Hamanishi Katsunori (born 1949) demonstrate the innovative use of the mezzotint technique by Japanese artists.

Sackler Gallery
The Confederate Sketches of Adalbert Volck The Confederate Sketches of Adalbert Volck
March 30, 2012 – January 21, 2013

View some of German immigrant Adalbert J. Volck's pictorial propaganda in support of the Confederacy.

Portrait Gallery
Nature's Best 2011 Photography Awards: Windland Smith Rice International Awards Nature's Best 2011 Photography Awards: Windland Smith Rice International Awards
March 30, 2012 – April 7, 2013

On view are winners in various categories from the 2011 Nature's Best Photography Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

Natural History Museum
Titanoboa: Monster Snake Titanoboa: Monster Snake
March 30, 2012 – January 6, 2013

See a model of Titanoboa cerrejonensis, an extinct snake measuring 48 feet long and weighing 2,500 pounds, which was discovered at a Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute-organized dig at the Cerrejon Mine in Colombia.

Natural History Museum
Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji Hokusai: Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji
March 24, 2012 – June 17, 2012

Take this rare opportunity to view the acclaimed print series Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji by Katsushika Hokusai (1760-1849).

Sackler Gallery
Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic Fire & Ice: Hindenburg and Titanic
March 22, 2012 – January 6, 2014

Learn about postal service aboard the Hindenburg and the Titanic, the largest flying and sailing post offices in history.

Postal Museum
Doug Aitken: Song 1 Doug Aitken: Song 1
March 22, 2012 – May 20, 2012

View this truly original cutting-edge time-based media installation created by internationally renowned artist Doug Aitken. It is the first of its kind ever in Washington, D.C., and takes public art in the city to a new level of visibility.

Hirshhorn Museum
Vochol: Huichol Art on Wheels Vochol: Huichol Art on Wheels
March 20, 2012 – May 10, 2012

Marvel at a one-of-a-kind VW Beetle decorated by Huichol artisans using 2 million glass beads and handmade textiles.

American Indian Museum
The Art of Video Games The Art of Video Games
March 16, 2012 – September 30, 2012

In this exhibition, the museum is the first to comprehensively examine the evolution of video games as an artistic medium.

American Art Museum
MathAlive MathAlive
March 10, 2012 – June 3, 2012

Learn math concepts in a fun, interactive, hands-on setting.

Ripley Center
Masters of Mercy: Buddha's Amazing Disciples Masters of Mercy: Buddha's Amazing Disciples
March 10, 2012 – July 8, 2012

Selections from Kano Kazunobu's 100-painting series depicting Buddhist disciples at work are featured.

Sackler Gallery
In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio
March 2, 2012 – September 9, 2012

Some of the first celebrity photographs to appear in color were created by Harry Warnecke in the 1930s for the New York Daily News. See 24 of Warnecke's celebrity portraits from the 1930s, 1940s, and 1950s.

Portrait Gallery
New Acquisition: The BMI Archives Confederate Music Collection New Acquisition: The BMI Archives Confederate Music Collection
March 1, 2012 – July 13, 2012

Sheet music lyrics and imagery published in the Confederacy provide insight into the mindset, values, and beliefs of their creators and consumers.

American History Museum
Goryeo Buddhist Paintings: A Closer Look Goryeo Buddhist Paintings: A Closer Look
February 25, 2012 – May 28, 2012

Three rare icons from the late Goryeo dynasty that have never been shown together epitomize a golden age in Korean Buddhist art.

Sackler Gallery
Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space Suprasensorial: Experiments in Light, Color, and Space
February 23, 2012 – August 12, 2012

The international light-and-space art movement of the mid- and late 20th century is explored through large-scale installations by five South American artists.

Hirshhorn Museum
Snowboarding Snowboarding
February 20, 2012 – October 21, 2013

Learn about the history of snowboarding and see the Snurfer, one of the earliest snowboard prototypes.

American History Museum
Hokusai: Paintings and Drawings Hokusai: Paintings and Drawings
February 18, 2012 – June 24, 2012

View a selection of important Hokusai paintings and drawings, including three masterworks: Thunder God, Fisherman, and Woodcutter.

Freer Gallery
Winged Spirits: Birds in Chinese Painting Winged Spirits: Birds in Chinese Painting
February 11, 2012 – August 12, 2012

Often endowed with strong symbolic associations, examine birds in Chinese paintings that are rendered in such fine detail that more than 35 species can be scientifically identified.

Freer Gallery